New on the the bird list: Sungrebe.
The nice thing about birds is that there is always a possibility to see new species. Only they won't tell you when you shall meet them. Same goes for this strange bird, the Sungrebe.
It was in the middle of the big rainy season in Kabalebo (or in Suriname). The water level was again at its highest so from time to time I went to the riverside to see if there was any action seen there. For quite some time it was quiet and I enjoyed this peaceful time too, a sudden noise disturbed the moment and that is where I spotted this bird. It was resting at the side on some branches and just jumped in the middle of the river. Since it was floating on the water, just like the Muscovy Duck, I knew that it had to be another Duck type.
This particular bird was a bit out of my range, explaining the not so great quality photo's too. The Sungrebe (Heliornis fulica) has a very clear black-and-white striped neck.
Sungrebes are generally known as shy and secretive birds. Explaining why it took so long before being 'discovered'. They like to travel or forage alone, which this one was also doing too. As it likes dense vegetation near the river and is also at the same time a quiet bird, this Sungrebe for sure wouldn't be spotted if it had stayed in between the bushes.
It didn't stay long in the neighborhood as it decided to follow the slow flowing current of the river. Sungrebes also like to change the way they swim in the river, most of the time they float above the surface, just like a duck, but sometimes they swim just like Anhinga's (with only their neck and head above the surface).
Insects, amphibians, small fish and some seeds are usually what is on their main course. This was by the way also the first time I spotted a Sungrebe in Kabalebo (Suriname) but hopefully not the last time.
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